Modern Dance

What is Modern Dance?

Modern is a style of dance that was created to be the opposite of Ballet. Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan, and Ruth St. Denis are considered the founders of Modern dance. This style of dance features barefeet, flexed toes, and use of the floor and torso. In comparison, Ballet is very disciplined with a strict dress code, including shoes, and set movements.

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The Founders


Each of these founders and choreographers were inspired by different ideas and cultures. Their inspiration can be seen in much of their work that is still performed today.
Martha Graham Dance Videos
Who was Isadora Duncan? Isadora Duncan Dances and Dance Technique
Ruth St. Denis East Indian Nautch Dance (August 1944)



  • The student will identify and demonstrate movement elements and skills and apply them while performing dance.